PhD Assam

Guwahati, July 18: Assam higher education directorate has summoned 70 individuals working as tutors, principals, teachers, and librarians to check their credentials, after coming to know that some of them were allegedly holding fake PhD.

Chairman of the screening committee is noted academician and former vice-chancellor of Dibrugarh University, Prof Alak Kumar Buragohain.

Director of higher education, Dharmakanta Mili, said the individuals who have been asked to appear before the directorate on July 19, have been working in various newly provincialized or government-aided colleges under fixed pay.

District-level committees formed by the state government have recommended upgrade of their services in regular posts.

“Most of those whom we have called for document verification are working as tutors. They have masters degrees but if their PhDs are found to be genuine, those teachers, working on fixed pay, will clear the hurdles to get the posts of assistant professors,” said Mili.

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He said there is going to be a remarkable hike in the salaries if they get promoted as assistant professors, which will pave the way to become associate professors and professors later.

“These days there are lots of allegations of fake PhDs. We have asked them to appear before the screening committee so that no one can get a regular job by hoodwinking the government. If we find anyone with fake PhDs, the government will take a decision on what action should be taken,” he added.

Sources in the education department said many of the candidates got PhDs from private universities and public-funded universities outside the state.